Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Favorite Toddler Toys

If we're not careful, our house could easily get taken over by toys (and books, but that's not all Jona's fault). We've purchased very few of these toys ourselves; for the most part they've been gifts. I'm certainly not complaining about that, because when Jona gets fun toys from family members, that means we can buy him things like diapers or socks for his birthday and he won't be mad about it.

However, I feel that when I'm on the other side, the one who's doing the giving, I never know what to get unless the child is the same age (or younger than) Jona. So today I'm rounding up a few of Jona's favorite toys (and a few not-toys). I hope that this list helps you the next time you have a toddler to shop for.

favorite toddler toys


1. Sound puzzles. Okay, this may not win the award for "least annoying toy" but Jona sure does love it. He has a vehicle-themed puzzle, and he loves putting it together and repeating all the noises. Also, since it has more pieces than the jumbo puzzles he loved when he was younger, it entertains him for a little longer. (Or until he gets frustrated that the fire truck doesn't fit when it's upside down.)

2. Books. Jona's favorite books could be a blog post on its own, but I'll list a few of the most-read. He still loves board books, because they make it easier for him to turn the pages, which is a must. Along with The Little Blue Truck (I talked about that obsession here), we read Bear Snores On, Where's Spot?, and Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs on a daily basis. Jona does make an exception to the board book rule for Richard Scarry books; we have his Best Mother Goose that was mine as a child and Best Storybook Ever and he adores both.

3. Animals. For Christmas Jona got a set of plastic safari animals, and they're such a hit. His favorite thing is taking them out of the bucket and putting them back in. He also likes to put the little rocks in the seat of his ride-on toy. I also like this toy because it's easy to stick a lion or rhino in my purse and pull it out when we're running an errand and boredom strikes in. Grocery shopping sucks until mom pulls a zebra out of her bag!

4. Music box. This one is right up there with the sound puzzle as far as being annoying goes, but he can't get enough of the wind-up radio that plays Farmer in the Dell. That's all it plays, again and again, but I just can't resist when he brings it to me and says "here y'go" or "peeez".

5. Not-toys. So these aren't things we received as gifts, and you may get strange looks (for some of them) if you give them, but I swear, Jona has more fun playing with some of these things than anything else. Favorite not-toys include: winter hat and mittens, sunglasses, flip flops, shoelaces (even better when they're not attached to a shoe), and a colander.

What are your favorite toys to give or get as gifts for the little loved-ones in your life? 


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15 comments:

  1. This was so helpful to me, especially since I am currently not in the States but should come there this Summer. I have to get some of these for Vivian.

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  2. Thanks Ada! They're definitely popular at our house! :)

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  3. Kids' favorite toys always seem to be the ones parents don't love! I once had a friend give Henry a whole musical instrument set, complete with a tamborine, maracas, and a recorder. That person does not have kids...

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  4. Ha! I love how you mention the annoyance factor. In our family, it seems grandparents love to give battery-operated fisher price annoying little tune play toys and the kids love them. They're annoying, but the kids love them. That music box looks like it would have been fun. Puzzles have always been a big hit and I've always wished there was some place where you could check them out and return them--like a library for puzzles.

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  5. Ooh fun list! I'm always looking for new ideas for Ollie - although he loves "not toys" like sunglasses too! Puzzles are starting to be a favorite at our house too. And of course books - we read Oh My Oh My Dinosaurs pretty much daily as well. I still need to get a copy of Little Blue Truck I think!

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  6. Haha, I think we have a similar set! No recorder though, thank the Lord. But yes, I agree, more annoying = better in Jona's opinion!

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  7. Yep, the wind-up music box was a grandparent purchase. And YES, the puzzle library idea sounds like such a good one! I don't want to buy a bunch more puzzles, but he's already getting kind of bored with the ones he has.

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  8. Yes, the not-toys are always the best, but I'm glad he likes books and puzzles too! I need to get more Sandra Boynton books too, I think it was you who recommended her (and the dinosaur one has been a hit!).

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  9. These toys looks great! I'm writing them down for gifts for my friends!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  10. Thanks Melanie! Hope they like them :)

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  11. I recently became an auntie and I love buying little boy clothes and toys. Thanks for the recommendations.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  12. I know, they are fun to buy for! Everyone always says little girls have the best stuff but I love shopping for my boy :)

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  13. Oh and congrats on being an auntie!!

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  14. I know what you mean about the toy takeover... we just accumulated tons of new ones from grandma, but I'm not complaining as they needed to get us through an 8-hour car ride! Hendrik is obsessed with animals, so I'm sure he'd love that pack of them! And yet another reason these two should be best friends: we have that exact same puzzle, which is a huge hit at our house (except when turning off the lights triggers one of the noises when we're trying to be all quiet about going to bed at the end of the day - that thing is loud!). And I'm sure he'd love a colander - measuring cups are one of his favorite kitchen not-toys :)

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  15. Ha! It drives me crazy when I that puzzle isn't put together and I turn off the lights and it goes off--it IS loud!! Yes, the animals are such a surprise hit. Oh and Jona loves a good set of measuring cups too--they could have fun hanging out in the kitchen and "cooking" together.

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